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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon Macro EF 100mm F2.8 USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-16 4:45
Viewed: 4071
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I need identification help on this baby!!

Taken in Welkom near one of the mines. It was on the web just above a steel disk. I will post another later showing it with another smaller spider as well. Beautiful colours and very interesting "shell" on the back.

Technical. I have now moved to RAW format only! Work process if interested:
open CR2 in CS2 - save to tiff file immediately;
do the levels, curves, colour saturation, etc at this stage;
save the tiff as a copy;
do any sharpening and touch up work;
save again as copy2;
crop to required size - either 4x3, 3x4 or 4x4 most of the time;
resize and frame with action;
save the finished product in jpg under 200kb in size.

Comments welcome

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Hello Tim,
Great DOF, natural color and well focused.
Very good view of the underside, with the interesting shape and colors of the abdomen clearly seen. Good to see you are using raw data format, the results will always be better. It sounds like you have the workflow down well. I might add that @ the 200KB size, you might consider a final, light amount of USM for viewing..Well done & Thank You!

Post Script: I might suggest leaning towards UE when shooting your bugs. It is much easier to correct for UE in raw than OE. I did a quick WS to show the adjustment for highlights.

Hi Tim,
Excellent shot on this unknown spider. I really like the frame filling composition of it. The spider has great colors and markings. Looks like an armored shell on his back. Howards workshop does enhance this excellent shot even more. Well done!

Very good detail and I like the fact that the web is hard to see. Looks like the spider is flying.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-16 12:17]

Very sharp macro, Tim. Interesting POV from the underside. He seems to have this ridges coming out of his abdomen. Interesting. Can't wait to find out what it is. Well done and TFS. : )

Well captured Tim,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing. I can't help with the ID...sorry.
Thanks for posting, Have a great week.

Lovely shot, Tim. Nice details from underneath. I have never seen this side of it.

Your POV makes it difficult to choose between two species. Both of the Argiope genus. They are commonly reffered to as Garden Orb-web spiders. Both the A. flavipalpis and A. australis has this form. Only with a view from the top could I be certain.

Although harmless they can inflict a painfull bite.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-17 0:20]

Tim, a very nice capture indeed.

I like colors and pov.

Maybe, I'd try to add a little bit of sharpness, but it's just an opinion.

A very beautiful animal, a great photo.

Hey Tim

Very nice detail and lekka colours. Nice crop.
Looks like spider is in the air (no web) Good POV


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